Spotlight On Women


The Woodstock Film Festival’s Spotlight on Women in Film & Media initiative highlights exciting new works by some of today’s most talented, established and up-and-coming female directors. The aim is to feature the works of female directors and empower women of all ages who want to work in film and media to follow their dreams and carve their path in an industry that is still dominated by men. Every year the festival ensures that women directors have a platform that allows them to share their films and voices.

There were 22 female-directed feature length films in the 2018 program, including Barbara Kopple’s A Murder in Mansfield, Jessica Blank’s Almost Home, Rachel Carey’s Ask for Jane, Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert’s Keely and Du, Nia DaCosta’s Little Woods, Alyssa Rallo Bennett’s ReRUN, Suzi Yoonessi’s Unlovable, and Elizabeth Chomko’s What They Had, among others.

"It is an honor to support and celebrate the achievements of women filmmakers at the Woodstock Film Festival every year. Film festivals, such as ours, are an important platform for these talented directors, so that together we work towards gender equality," said Meira Blaustein, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Woodstock Film Festival. "Our Spotlight on Women in Film and Media brings these inspirational women to center-stage, not only highlighting their exceptional work, but also providing an inspiration to those who are not yet as accomplished so they too will follow their dreams."